The Match Report
Keep up to date with Pascoe Vale Football Club's seniors, and the results from all matches, with a weekly review straight from the coach.
On a perfect winter’s day, we made 4 changes to our last start victory against Airport West. Bringing in Mellington, Boyd, Ross, Economou which gave us good confidence in what was a must win game. With our three loses coming against the sides above us on the ladder, we needed to change this equation to push for finals footy.
With Airport West registering its first win of the year and a very solid win by 82 points against Avondale heights , we knew we needed to bring our A game to the table, especially early on. We knew that with time and space, Airport West can move the ball quickly and score so an emphasis was put on pressuring the player with the ball and giving them no time and space when kicking the ball.
After a week of education around the learning from our draw against Glenroy the boys were keen to atone against Avondale heights. Avondale were coming off an excellent win against Doutta Stars where they played an aggressive, one on one style which allowed them to outnumber the opposition at the ball. We were prepared for a tough and long day.
In reflecting on the game, a frustrating game but one which will provide a huge learning curve for the group. The coaching group can see that the key fundamentals of our game plan and game style are being executed well for most parts of the game. It is the smaller aspects of the game which we still need to work on. Ultimately in games, both teams have the control for periods of time and it’s the team that can best capitalise on their time that will win the game. Glenroy definitely did this on the weekend and to their credit they hung in there better than we did, when we had control.
A game in two halves,
The first half the midfield pressured the ball making the Marbi Park team kick the ball long and high. This allowed for our backs to control the air and rebound the ball into attack. We attacked through the middle of the ground and had plenty of run and carry. The game took a bit to get going but once halfway through the quarter ticked over the boys put their foot down. We continue to attack on the back of our defence and we soon smashed on 7 goals to 1 in the first quarter. Archer, Cauchi and Cellini all working hard and getting reward inside 50.
When heading to Lebanon Reserve to play Strathmore, you always know you are going to be in for a tough and enduring contest. We planned well during the week to counteract a style of play which is different from many others in the competition. We knew Strathmore would want to maintain ball control, use hit up kicks and use the run and carry of their young team. We knew if we could control elements of their play it would give us a great chance to rebound and attack from their turnovers.